Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Michigan Wolverines have not been able to run the ball consistently like they were able to a year ago as the new group of offensive linemen have struggled to come together as a unit through the first nine games of the season.
The Wolverines struggled up front early against the Minnesota Golden Gophers last Saturday, but eventually blocked well enough to allow Michigan's running backs to pick up first downs and give Devin Gardner time to throw.
Future NFL left tackle Taylor Lewan and the rest of the offensive line will need to be just as good, if not better than they were a week ago if Michigan wants to keep themselves in the mix to win the Legends Division.
Denard Robinson will have to extend some passing plays with his legs this weekend against the Northwestern Wildcats like Gardner did a week ago, though, which should not be a problem given the Deerfield Beach, Fla., native's past history of turning broken plays into big gains.
Robinson took down Northwestern by himself last season by finishing Michigan's 42-24 victory at Ryan Field with 454 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.